what is a dream without a body?

interactive installation and performance
curated by alexx temeña (X|T) and E.Reid
performance by E.Reid on Nova Portals
B4BEL4B gallery, Oakland, CA, May 2019
photos by alexx temeña

Participants welcomed with a statement from the artists at the entrance of the installation.

Installation prologue read aloud to guests prior to entering dream world.

Installation prologue read aloud to guests prior to entering dream world.

Participants entered one-by-one, welcomed with therapeutic touch performed on their feet and legs by X|T to prepare their bodies to enter the dreamworld.

Two participants engage in deep listening–speaker responds to a prompt into a microphone while another participant listens through headphones.

Prompt: “Tell me about a dormant dream, seemingly insurmountable challenge, or crippling uncertainty.”

A sitting lounge for reading sacred texts selected by the artists and typewriting free-form thoughts in response to a prompt.

Prompt: “Where do you draw power from?”

Participants take a portrait of another participant and ask, “What is your deepest source of inspiration in the midst of insurmountable feats?”

Collaborative collage-making in response to the prompt: “Craft the world in which your dreams are reality.”

E.Reid’s Nova Portals set-up and mirror installation.

E.Reid and Nova Portals.

Prompt: “What words would you use to describe this experience?”

Prompt: “What words would you use to describe this experience?”

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